Swindon Designer Outlet (McArthur Glen)

Many people who come to England make it a point to go to the worl famous Bicester Village for shopping – it is a tourist industry in itself. In fact, some would doubt that you have been to England if you had not made a trip to Bicester Vilalge for shopping at the designer outlets there. But although it is fairly close to where we live, we actually prefer to go to another Designer outlet in Swindon as the shops are under one roof (unlike Bicester).

Now the Designer outlet in Swindon has a locomotive theme, as it is situated in the former Great Western Railway Works, with plenty of locomotive parts on display. It is said to have over 90 designer shops situated within its building. There are numerous places to eat, a play area for children, a miniature locomotive ride around the entire outlet, and various locomotive-related memorabilia for those interested in trains.

Locomotive wheel axels
Locomotive wheel axels
McArthur Glen Designer Outlet
McArthur Glen Designer Outlet
Vintage locomotive
Vintage locomotive

Scattered throughout the outlet are large Lego models of various things which are sold in the Outlet (e.g. watch, ladies high heels, ladies designer handbag).

Giant Lego watch
Giant Lego watch

Various brands which are represented in this Outlet are: Timberland, Nike, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren, Austin Reed, Clarks, Thornton, Whittards, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis just to name a few.

Timberland Factory outlet
Timberland Factory outlet
Nike Factory outlet
Nike Factory outlet

There is also a new store which sells chilli and other spicy foods.

Chilli shop - Hallowed be thy Pain
Chilli shop – Hallowed be thy Pain
Various machinery on display
Various machinery on display
Giant Lego ladies high heel
Giant Lego ladies high heel
Various machinery on display
Various machinery on display
Various machinery on display
Various machinery on display
Various machinery on display
Various machinery on display
Miniature locomotive regularly touring the entire Factory outlet
Miniature locomotive regularly touring the entire Factory outlet
Giant Lego Handbag
Giant Lego Handbag
Giant Lego smart phone and lipstick with the handbag
Giant Lego smart phone and lipstick with the handbag
Hornby miniature locomotive on display
Hornby miniature locomotive on display
Miniature Horny locomotive moving around the train track
Miniature Horny locomotive moving around the train track
Sign to the play area
Sign to the play area

There are things to cater to everyone including the children, which makes it a worthwhile place to visit, particularly if you have certain shopping goals in mind. We do tend on occasion to bring friends and relatives visiting us to this place. Just be prepared that it will take a few hours at least to go through all the stores.

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